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Review 2009-2010 

J>mrtment of Geology 

■'-^•J a T Y OF ILLINOIS AT U R B A N A - C H A M P A I G N 

BiCkford Honored With 2009 Research 

Alumni Achievement Award Award Named 

for Alum 

Dr. Marion E. 
Bickford was 
selected by faculty 
members to receive 
the 2009 Alumni 
Achievement Award, 
honoring Dr. 
Bickford's distin- 
guished contributions 
to geology as both a 
researcher and an edu- 
cator. His illustrious 
career spans nearly 
five decades and 
exemplifies the 

Department of Geology's core missions 
of education, research, and public 

As a child growing up in Memphis, 
Tennessee, Bickford was always interest- 
ed in chemistry and by the time his fam- 
ily moved to Minnesota in 1943, there 
was little doubt that he would find his 
career path in the sciences. Following 
high school graduation, Bickford attend- 
ed Carleton College on scholarship, 
where he majored in chemistry until the 
second semester of his sophomore year, 
when he found himself questioning 
whether or not laboratory work was the 
right fit for him. Ironically, after chang- 
ing his major to geology, he discovered 
that what interested him most was the 
chemistry of natural materials and he 
soon returned to the lab, this time with 
the assurance of his passion for rocks 
and minerals. 

After graduating from Carleton in 
1954, Bickford spent a summer studying 
the Minnesota Iron Ranges and then 
enlisted in the U.S. Army. After serving 
his country for three years, Bickford 
applied for graduate school and was 
offered a fellowship at the University of 
Illinois, where he began his graduate 
studies in 1957. Under the direction of 
the late Carleton A. Chapman, Bickford 
focus his M.S. and Ph.D. studies on the 
petrology of gabbros in coastal Maine. 
His dissertation eventually led to a paper 
on the subject that was published in the 
Journal of Geology in 1963. 

Upon receiving his Ph.D., Bickford 
took a position at San Fernando Valley 
State College (now California State 
University at Northridge), where he 
taught for three years. During this time, 

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I he Sedimentary Geology and 
ii Structure and Tectonics Divisions 
of the Geological Society of America 
recently announced the new 
Stephen E. Laubach Research in 
Structural Diagenesis Award, named 
for Illinois alum, Dr. Stephen 
Laubach (PhD '86). 

The award aims to promote 
research combining structural geolo- 
gy and diagenesis, and curriculum 
development in structural diagene- 
sis. The award also addresses the 
rapidly growing recognition that 
fracturing, cement precipitation and 
dissolution, evolving rock mechani- 
cal properties and other structural 
diagenetic processes can govern 
recovery of resources and sequestra- 
tion of material in deeply buried, 
diagenetically altered and fractured 
sedimentary rocks. To help promote 
the cross disciplinary emphasis of 
this annual award, the Sedimentary 
Geology and Structural Geology & 
Tectonics Divisions have been desig- 
nated to jointly select the recipient. 

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— Our performance has been excellent — 

Back at the Eidsvoll flagstone quarry, Saetra 
Nappe of the Norwegian Caledonides 

Hn the midst of unprecedented finan- 
cial difficulty faced by the State and 
the University of Illinois, I write to 
assure you that as a world-class institu- 
tion of higher learning, our campus is 
simply too outstanding to fail. The per- 
formance of our Department also has 
been equally excellent. 

Which two campuses received the 
largest amounts of funding from the 
National Science Foundation in the 
past few years? If you are thinking of 
some well-known private institutions 
or other elite public-assisted universi- 
ties, here is a clue: Think Orange and 
Blue. To this end, expenditure of exter- 
nal grants in our Department averaged 
over $200,000 per FTE (full-time equiv- 
alent) faculty last year. Our instruction- 
al activities are just as successful, 
reaching about 10,000 students per 
year total in all the courses offered. 
Some of the most popular Geology 
courses now take place at the 
Foellinger Auditorium. Furthermore, 
we generate more instructional units 
per teaching staff (including teaching 
assistants) than just about any other 
department in the College of Liberal 
Arts and Sciences. 

Like most other geosciences 
departments in the country, our one 
vulnerability lies in the small size of 

Year in Review is published once a year by the 
Department of Geology, University of Illinois 
Urbana-Champaign, to highlight the activities 
and accomplishments within our department and 
feature news from our alumni and friends. 
Department Head: Wang-Ping Chen 

Office Administrator: Marilyn Whalen 

Editor: Kim Schmidt ( 

faculty and majors, even though 60 
majors is a respectable number among 
peer programs in geosciences. With the 
formation of the School of Earth, Society 
and Environment three years ago, we 
are making good progress in size, as an 
independent major under the auspice of 
the School now has grown to about 150 
majors and 50 minors, effectively 
increasing the footprint of each of the 
three departments under the School by 
50 majors. 

Many measures of austerity are tak- 
ing place on campus. One that greatly 
impacts just about every unit, including 
our Department, is a voluntary program 
for retirement of faculty and separation 
of staff. The current estimate is that the 
College as a whole, there will be a 
reduction of 10% in faculty by fall of 
2011. Last fall, our Department was 
authorized to make a new hire in Global 
Change Geology but a hiring freeze at 
the beginning of this year put the search 
process on hold. Nonetheless, we are 
promised that hiring of this position will 
resume, as soon as the temporary freeze 
is over, without another round of com- 
petition (only 14 out of 65 proposals 
were approved by the College last fall.) 

Dr. Ruth Watkins, current Dean of 
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 
and her predecessor, repeatedly pointed 
out at public occasions that aside from 
our performance in teaching and 
research, strong support from you— our 
alumni and friends— sets us apart. This 
is to your credit and a reflection of your 
own success in various endeavors, and 
your continual financial contributions 
and being steadfast advocates for the 
Department and the University. On 

behalf of everyone in the Department, 
our hats off to you! We need your sup- 
port more than ever in this financial 

One recent visitor, lecturing for the 
RIDGE distinguished lecture series, 
commented that as everyone "circles 
the wagon," the morale in the 
Department is very high - something 
being reflected by various reports in this 
issue. Highlights include the appoint- 
ment of Prof. Jay Bass as the President 
of COMPRES (Consortium for Materials 
Properties Research in Earth Sciences) 
and Prof. Craig Bethke as a Faculty 
Associate at the Center for Advanced 
Study on campus and the Allen Cox 
Fellow at Stanford University where he 
plans to spend his sabbatical starting 
fall of 2010. Congratulations, Jay and 
Craig! In addition, to prepare for the 
arrival of the USArray component of the 
EarthScope national initiative — the 
largest project ever in geosciences— to 
the mid-continent, Prof. Steve Marshak 
convened a national workshop at the 
Qlini Union in April. About 50 scientists 
participated in two days of planning to 
unveil the subsurface geology of the 
North American platform. Please enjoy 
reading this issue, stay in touch, and 
visit us, in person or on-line, whenever 
you have a chance. 

Best wishes, 
Wang-Ping Chen 



Students and Faculty Named Excellent' Instructors 

Twenty Department of Geology 
instructors were named to the 
University's List of Teachers Ranked 
as Excellent by Their Students for the 
spring, summer, and fall 2009 semes- 

Faculty and academic profes- 
sionals appearing on this list include 
Stephen Altaner, Jim Best, Craig 
Bethke, Chu-Yung Chen, Bruce Fouke, 
Tom Johnson, Ann Long, Steve 
Marshak, and Michael Stewart. 

Graduate students Gideon Bartov, 
Mirona Chirienco, Samantha Dwyer, 
Jessica Hellwig, Meijuan Jiang, Matt 
Kyrias, Stephanie Mager, Philip Miller, 
Eric Obrock, Mara Orescanin, and 
Mauricio Perillo were named to the list 
for their work as teaching assistants in 
the Department. 

Six instructors received the highest 
ranking of "outstanding." During the 
spring semester, this ranking was earned 
by Mara Orescanin (Geology 208). In the 

fall, Stephen Altaner (Geology 110), 
Craig Bethke (Geology 470), Bruce 
Fouke (Geology 390, 415, 515) Jessica 
Hellwig (Geology 107), and Stephanie 
Mager (Geology 411) earned top hon- 

Rankings are released every 
semester and are based on student 
evaluations maintained by the Center 
for Teaching Excellence on the Illinois 

Bickford Honored with 2009 Alumni Achievement Award 

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he began a research relationship with 
Professor George W. Weatherill, a pioneer 
in geochronology and isotope geochem- 
istry, who had just built a lab at UCLA. 
From 1963 to 1964, Bickford worked full- 
time at UCLA as a post-doctoral 
researcher in Weatherill's lab. He credits 
this experience as a foundation for his 
future investigations into the history and 
evolution of the earth's continental crust. 

Following his time in Weatherill's 
lab, Bickford accepted a position at the 
University of Kansas, where he taught 
and carried out research for twenty-five 
years. Along with Dr. W.R. Van Schmus, 
a fellow former student of Weatherill's 
lab, Bickford built the Isotope 
Geochemistry Laboratory, where the pair 
carried out numerous joint research pro- 
jects, including a notable study of the 
buried crystalline basement rocks of the 
mid-continent area. 

In 1990, Bickford joined the 
Department of Geology at Syracuse 
University as a professor and chairman, 
where he continued teaching and 
researching until his "retirement" in 

1997. Not quite ready to leave his 
research behind, Bickford has remained 
working at Syracuse four days a week 
and has recently completed studies of 
zircons from Adirondack anorthosites 
and their implications for petrogenesis 
and tectonic setting. 

Besides teaching and researching, 
Bickford has also served as the editor 
of the journal Geology and is currently 
in his fifth year as the science editor 
for the Geological Society of America. 
He has received numerous awards and 
accolades during his impressive profes- 
sional career, including the 
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in 
Teaching from the University of 
Syracuse in 1997 and the GSA 
Distinguished Service Award in 2008. 

He feels most proud, however, of 
his fifty-five year long marriage to his 
wife Betsy and his children and grand- 
children. Dr. Bickford visited the 
University of Illinois on April 30th to 
receive the Alumni Award and give a 

Research Award Named 
for Alum 

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Graduate students as well as post- 
graduate and faculty scholars in this 
emerging field are eligible to submit 
proposals. The award will be presented 
yearly during the GSA Annual Meeting 
in alternating SGD and SG&T awards 
ceremonies beginning this year with the 
SG&T awards ceremony in Denver. The 
deadline for proposals is July 1, 2010. 
Dr. Laubach is currently a Senior 
Research Scientist at the Bureau of 
Economic Geology, University of Texas 
at Austin, and was recently a speaker 
in the Geology Department Colloquium. 
He is also organizing several upcoming 
international conferences in the United 
Kingdom at the end of this year, includ- 
ing The Geology of Unconventional Gas 
Plays, October 4-7, and Advances on 
Carbonate Exploration, November 4-5. 

Laubach was also recently elected 
to a two-year term as editor of the 
AAPG Bulletin. 

Traveling to Field Camp 

A Learning Opportunity! 

At Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, students observe metamorphosed basement that was intruded by Proterozoic granitic rocks and overlain by 
Mesozoic sedimentary formations, all uplifted by the Laramide orogeny. From left to right: Luke O'Sadnick, Ian Dennehy, Diane Cheung, Ryan Quinn, Seth 
Chiles, and Amanda Peter, our TA. 

by Lecturer Michael Stewart 

Over the past few years, the field camp 
students have enjoyed a spring field 
trip across South Dakota and Wyoming 
on their way to the Wasatch-Uinta Field 
Camp based in Park City, Utah. Along 
the way, I've led the students to a num- 
ber of classic locations including the 
Badlands, Black Hills, Bighorn 
Mountains, the Absaroka Range, and 
Yellowstone largely with the generous 
support provided by Ed (BS '56) and 
Alison Franklin. But it's no secret that 
Wyoming is barely out of winter by 
early June, and in the past our students 
have set-up camp under rather trying 
conditions including thunderstorms at 
Devils Tower, knee-deep snow atop the 
Bighorns, and a blizzard that closed the 
Loop Road in Yellowstone. So we were 

hopeful of good weather when this past 
year Dr. Norb Cygan (BS '54, MS '56, 
PhD '62) invited the students to head 
south through Colorado and stop at 
Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks Park out- 
side of Morrison. 

With the hope of better camping 
conditions, we tripped across Nebraska 
into Colorado and then on into Utah. 
This new route was great preparation for 
field camp, for it exposed the students to 
relevant stratigraphy, some dinosaur 
paleontology, and some truly excellent 
national parks. Norb kindly guided our 
tour of Red Rocks and Dinosaur Ridge, 
providing the students with an in-depth 
introduction to the flatirons of Red Rocks 
Park, the fossils of Dinosaur Ridge, and 
a Uranium roll-front in the Dakota sand- 

From the Denver area, the field trip 
headed over the Front Range, camped on 
Southpark, traversed the Sawatch Range, 
camped along the Gunnison River at the 
head of Black Canyon, traversed the San 
Juan Volcanic Field and the classic 
sequence of Paleozoic through Mesozoic 
strata exposed along the drive from 
Ouray to Durango where we spilled out 
onto the Colorado Plateau. From 
Durango, we went on to visit Mesa 
Verde, Canyonlands, and Arches National 
Parks. The weather, though initially not 
any warmer than Wyoming, was a bit 
more tame— sleet, but no snow outside 
of Denver and rain, but no lightening, on 
the Front Range. Once we hit Durango, 
however, the sun came out to stay and 
we were in shorts and t-shirts until we 

reached field camp on the Wasatch Front. 
With several days of experience under 
their hammers, the students were ready 
to attack the challenge of mapping, strati- 
graphic analysis, and structural study 
that they would face for the next six 
weeks at the Wasatch-Uinta Camp, under 
the supervision of Illinois alum, Dr. Kurt 
Burmeister (PhD '05), who serves as field 
camp director. 

Norb Cygan explains a uranium roll front in road 
cut west of Denver. Ryan Quinn is on the out- 
crop and Diane Cheung is in the foreground. 

Bass Leads 


Professor Jay Bass is the new 
president of COMPRES 
(Consortium for Materials 
Properties Research in Earth 
Sciences). He assumed his duties 
on January 1, 2010. 

"In the past decade, COMPRES 
made available cutting-edge facili- 
ties to the mineral physics commu- 
nity and enabled interdisciplinary 
collaborations. We are excited that 
under Jay's leadership, the 
Department and the campus will be 
part of a leading effort in shaping 
the study of geo-materials for years 
to come," said Department Head 
Wang-Ping Chen. 

Bass took over the position 
from Professor Robert Liebermann 
of Stony Brook University, who has 
agreed to stay on as past president 
until the 2010 Annual Meeting in 
June to cooperate in this transition. 
Liebermann had served in the posi- 
tion since 2003. 

Quentin Williams, chair of the 
Executive Committee of COMPRES, 
made the announcement on 
November 30, 2009. In his 
announcement he said, "Jay has 
contributed extensively to COM- 
PRES through his thoughtful and 
forward-looking leadership in the 
past, having served with distinction 
on the COMPRES Executive 
Committee from 2003 to 2008, as 
the initial President of the organiza- 
tion in 2002, and as one of the orig- 
inal architects of the organiza- 
tion... It is with this mix of new 
opportunities, past successes and 
future challenges that we look for- 
ward to Jay's experienced leader- 
ship in taking COMPRES into its 
second decade." 

Stembach Named Goldwater Scholar 

"i feel really lucky 

and thankful. 
Receiving the schol- 
arship WAS AN HONOR 

could not hope to 
get without the help 

and support of dr. 
Bruce Fouke and Dr. 

Rob Sanford from 

the Department of 

Geology and Dr. 

John Cheeseman 
from the School of 
Integrative Biology." 

In March 2010, junior 
Kamil Stelmach was 
named a Goldwater 
Scholar by The Barry 
M. Goldwater 
Scholarship and 
Excellence in 
Education Foundation. 
The Foundation award- 
ed 278 scholarships for 
the 2010-2011 academ- 
ic year to undergradu- 
ate sophomores and 
juniors from the United 

Stelmach is an 
active undergraduate 
member of the lab 
research group lead by 
Professor Bruce Fouke. He is majoring 
in biology, chemistry, and astronomy, 
and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in evolu- 
tionary biology or geochemistry. He 
would like to conduct research in geo- 
chemistry and evolutionary biology as 
a professor or as a research scientist 
working for NASA. 

"I feel really lucky and thankful. 
Receiving the scholarship was an 
honor I could not hope to get without 
the help and support of Dr. Bruce 
Fouke and Dr. Rob Sanford from the 
Department of Geology and Dr. John 
Cheeseman from the School of 
Integrative Biology," said Stelmach. 

The Goldwater Scholars were 
selected on the basis of academic merit 
from a field of 1,111 mathematics, sci- 
ence, and engineering students who 
were nominated by the faculties of col- 
leges and universities nationwide. The 
one- and two-year scholarships will 

cover the cost of tuition, 
fees, books, and room and 
board up to a maximum of 
$7,500 per year. 
Stelmach's research in 
Fouke's lab played a major 
role in receiving this award. 
Stelmach has worked with 
Fouke's lab group to run a 
controlled laboratory experi- 
ment to evaluate the role of 
microbiota on CaC0 3 bio- 
mineralization. The experi- 
mental device is called the 
in situ kinetic apparatus 
(ISKA), which was original- 
ly built for deployment in 
Yellowstone and has now 
been modified for use in 
our campus laboratories. 
"Stelmach has conducted parallel con- 
trolled experiments uti- 
lizing two 

associated microbial iso- 
lates that we previously 
obtained from Mammoth 
Hot Springs," said Fouke. 
"Both microorganisms 
are excellent representa- 
tives of the Aquificales 
microbial community, 
which is directly 
involved in aragonite 
nucleation based on our 
16S rRNA gene sequence 
analyses as well as pre- 
liminary metagenomic 
analyses. We currently 
have metagenomic analy- 
ses of these microbes in 
progress, which will per- 

"Kamil is an extremely 
dedicated and capable 
student. Kami has 
been involved in all 
aspects of this work, 
from the painstaking 
construction and 
mechanical modifica- 
tion of the iska, to 
developing experi- 
mental design, con- 
ducting aqueous geo- 
chemistry, collecting 
and analyzing traver- 
tine deposition using 
optical and chemical 
methods, and the 
microbial work." 

mit Kamil to identify genes coding for 
key proteins." 

Stelmach is the second undergrad- 
uate member of Fouke's research 
group to receive a Goldwater 
Scholarship. In 2000, Dr. David Fike, 
now an assistant professor at 
Washington University in St. Louis, 
received the award. 

"Kamil is an extremely dedicated 
and capable student. Kamil has been 
involved in all aspects of this work, 
from the painstaking construction and 
mechanical modification of the ISKA, 
to developing experimental design, 
conducting aqueous geochemistry, col- 
lecting and analyzing travertine depo- 
sition using optical and chemical 
methods, and the microbial work," 
said Fouke. 

The scholarship program honoring 
Senator Barry M. 
Goldwater was designed to 
foster and encourage out- 
standing students to pur- 
sue careers in the fields of 
mathematics, the natural 
sciences, and engineering. 
The Goldwater Scholarship 
is the premier undergradu- 
ate award of its type in 
these fields. 

In its twenty-four-year 
history, the Foundation 
has awarded 6,079 schol- 
arships worth approxi- 
mately fifty-eight million 

Degrees Conferred in 2009-2010 

Bachelor of Science Degrees 

Carly Hill, Density Banding in Coral 

Master of Science Degrees 

Skeletons: Abiotic and Biotic 

May 2009 

May 2009 

Response to Increased Sea Surface 

Erin Brittany Daun 

Vineeth Madhavan, The Interplay of 


Samantha E. Dwyer 

Climate and Landscape Evolution 

Mart Ruth Gordon 

Along the Western Ghats of India 

Matthew Phillip Kyrias, Monitoring 

Jason K. Hong 

Dissolved Gases and Ions in 

Kayla Renae Ireland 

Holly Vescogni, Microbial Biomarker: 

Groundwater Using an In Situ 

Douglas John Landgraf 

Mineralogy, Crystal Fabric and 

Sampling Technique 

Andrew Thomas Migacz 

Chemistry of Calcium Carbonate 

Donald J. Nowak 


Jessica Palmer, The Flow Structure of 

Danielle Victoria Postula 

Interacting Barchan Dunes 

Kristin M. Read 

Amanda Raddatz, Natural Reduction of 

Kurt Douglas Ruhnke 

Hexavalent Chromium in an Oxic 

Justine Petras, Genesis and 

Kurt James Schleinz 

Basalt Aquifer: Evidence from 

Sedimentation of an Ice-Walled 

Mark Smith 

Concentration and Isotope Analysis 

Lake Plain, Northeastern Illinois 

Nicholas P. Whitcomb 

August 2009 

Derik Strattan, Gene Expression of 

August 2009 

Mara Orescanin, An Experimental Study 

Dissimilatory Sulfite Reductase in 

Seth Donn Chiles 

of the Dynamics Governing Supersonic 

Desulfovibrio Vulgaris as a Marker 

Volcanic Jets: Mount St. Helens, May 

for the Rate of Sulfate Reduction in 

December 2009 

18, 1980 

Natural Systems 

Shun Heng Chan 

Michael A Haywood 

October 2009 

Karen Wong, Under the auspices of the 

Anchelle M. Lomibao 

Nathan Webb, An Investigation of the 

Teaching of Earth Science Program 

Ryan Joel Quinn 

Origin of the Ridged Drift of the Lower 

Justin Andrew Rosenblume 

Kaskaskia Basin, Southwestern Illinois 

Doctor of Philosophy Degrees 

May 2010 

May 2010 

Daniel Cukierski 

Mirona Chirienco, Interpretations of 

May 2009 

Ian Dennehy 

Paleoclimate and Speleogenesis from 

Zhaohui Yang, Seismic Studies on the 

Samantha Goldberg 

Speleothems in Donnehue's Cave, 

East African Rift System and the 

Sara Hahn 


Tibetan Plateau: Implications for 

Jeffrey Oehlerking 

the Rheology of Lithosphere and the 

Andrew Ostendorf 

Jared T. Freiburg, The Timing, 

Evolution of Rifts in Continents 

Jacob Porter 

Composition, and Source of Subsurface 

Megan Scott 

Diagenetic Waters Responsible for 

Bin Chen, Nature and Dynamics of 

Krysta Theobald 

Sulfide and Carbonate Mineralization 

Earth and Planetary Cores from 

Erik VanDusen 

in Solution Cavities of the Ordovician 

High-Pressure Properties of Iron-Rich 

Rochelle Winkler-Groschen 

Galena Group Limestone, North 
Aurora, Illinois, USA 

Jessica Hellwig, The Interaction of 
Climate, Tectonics, and Topography in 
the Olympic Mountains of Washington 
State: The Influence of Erosion on 
Tectonic Steady-State and the Synthesis 
of the Alpine Glacial History 


Dam Sites, Subways, and Bomb Shelters 

by Ralph L. Langenheim 

Editor's Note: "Windows into the Past" is a 
regular feature of the Year in Review con- 
tributed by Professor Emeritus Ralph L. 
Langenheim. Ralph's writing represents a 
long-serving faculty member's recollections 
and his perspectives of the Department's 

Before 1955, our engineering geology 
program consisted of one introductory 
course called "Geology for Engineers" 
and advanced courses and research bear- 
ing on problems of drilling and water 
flooding which served geology students 
seeking careers in the oil industry and 
engineering students who wanted a 
minor. Don Deere's joint appointment in 
the Geology and Civil Engineering 
Departments initiated instruction and 
research in geology applied to support 
tunneling, dam building and design, and 
the construction of large underground 

Deere obtained his BS in mining 
engineering at Iowa State College (now 
Iowa State University) in 1943, took his 
MS in geology at the University of 
Colorado in 1949, and completed his 
graduate studies with a Ph.D. in civil 
engineering at the University of Illinois in 
1955. Between 1943 and 1944 he served 
as a junior mining engineer with the 
Phelps Dodge Corporation in Arizona. 
From 1944 to 1947 he was a mining engi- 
neer in the exploration department of the 
Potash Company of America in southeast- 
ern New Mexico. From 1947 to 1951 he 
served on the faculty of the Department 
of Civil Engineering at the University of 
Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, rising to the 
headship in 1949-50. 

In 1955, Deere accepted a joint 
appointment at Illinois as an associate 
n professor in the Departments of Geology 

and Civil Engineering, joining a program 
in geotechnical engineering that was on 
its way to preeminent stature. As he 
worded it in the title to one of his profes- 
sional publications, his mission was to 
"put the 'Geo' in Geotechnical 
Engineering," and, in both departments, 
to supervise graduate research, and orga- 
nize and teach a graduate course in rock 

He also taught graduate courses in 
engineering geology and in soil mechan- 
ics. In 1956, he taught undergraduate 
mineralogy in the Geology Department 
and, in 1960, was a staff member at the 
Geology Field Camp in Sheridan, 
Wyoming. Deere supervised nine doctor- 
al students in the Geology Department: 
Paul Heim, 1963 (jointly with Paul 
Shaffer); Reginald Hugh Grice, 1974; 
Franklin D. Patton, 1977; Richard F. 
Coon, 1968; Andrew H. Merritt, 1968; 
George F. Pindar, 1968; Owen White, 
1971; James C. Gamble, 1971; and Brian 
J. Sinclair, 1972. 

He also advised the following MS 
candidates: Paul Kratz, 1964; Nolan 
Mitchell, 1965; Sergio N. A. DeBrito, 
1970; Richard Van Ryswyk, 1972; and 
Sohrab Shayani, 1972. Ronald Heuer, 
who completed a MS mapping in 
Chiapas, Mexico as part of a paleontolog- 
ical— stratigraphic program, transferred 
to Deere's geotechnical program in civil 
engineering for his PhD. In addition, 
Deere advised civil engineering graduate 

Don Deere conducting compression tests 
on rock samples from the New York World 
Trade Center foundation site. 

Deere published more than fifty 
technical and research publications on 
engineering geology, rock mechanics, 
dam foundations and tunnels. He is the 
coauthor, with John Duncliff, of 
Judgment in Geotechnical Engineering: 
Professional Legacy of Ralph B. Peck, 
published by John Wiley and Sons in 

In addition to teaching and super- 
vising graduate students in geotechnical 
engineering at Illinois, Deere was a 
hyperactive consultant and advisor on 
major engineering works all over the 
world. He advised the New York Port 
Authority in regard to foundations for 
the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. 
He also helped the Department of 
Defense evaluate Cheyenne Mountain 
as a host for the large underground cav- 
ity needed to protect NORAD's head- 
quarters. For more than twenty years, 
he advised and consulted on construc- 
tion of the Washington D. C. metro sys- 
tem. Trans-Manche Link sought his 
advice on digging the cross-channel 
tunnel and Fenix and Scisson, along 
with the Atomic Energy Commission, 
used him in designing underground 
openings for atomic bomb tests. 

In addition he consulted on many 
large hydroelectric projects in Argentina, 
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa 
Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, 
Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, 
Mexico, Panama, Peru, Rhodesia, 
Turkey, Venezuela, and New Zealand. 
Deere's enthusiasm for consulting was 
made apparent by the world map on 
the wall of his home office, on which 
each job was memorialized by a pin 
marking the site. 

Around the Department 

Deere has been honored multiple 
times for his work. Deere is one of the 
few elected to both the National 
Academy of Science (1971) and the 
National Academy of Engineering 
(1966), groups that honor the most 
prestigious scholars in their respective 
fields. More exotically, he is a member 
of the Argentine National Academy of 
Sciences. In 1983, he was honored by 
The Moles, an organization of individu- 
als who work in heavy construction, for 
outstanding achievement in construc- 
tion. In 1990, he was awarded the Rock 
Mechanics Award by the Society of 
Mining Engineers and was also honored 
by the Beavers, a group concerned with 
dam construction, who gave him their 
annual award. 

In 1971, he served as Chairman of 
the U. S. National Committee on 
Tunneling Technology. President Reagan 
appointed Deere to a four year term 
(1989-1991) as chairman of the newly 
created Nuclear Waste Review Board. 
He was on the first board of directors of 
the International Society for Rock 
Mechanics, was president of their 
Commission on Standardization of Field 
Laboratory Testing of Rock, and, also, 
served as president of the Society. 

At the end of Spring Semester 1971, 
Deere resigned from the University of 
Illinois faculty in order to "devote all of 
his time to consulting in engineering 
geology and rock mechanics." In 1972, 
he became an affiliated professor of 
geology and civil engineering at the 
University of Florida, joining former 
University of Illinois Professors Mike 
Wahl and Jim Eades and Instructor 
Robert Pierce in what, on occasion, was 
facetiously referred to as, U. of I. 
Gainesville! Alberto Nieto-Pescetto, suc- 
ceeded him at Illinois. 

/ am indebted to Don Deere and Alberto 
Nieto for their interest and insights. 
Thanks are also due to Steven Hurst for 
greatly improving poorly photocopied illus- 
trations. Information for the essay was 
mostly gathered from University of Illinois 
Archives and the newsletters of the Geology 
and Civil Engineering Departments. 

Jay Bass was elected a fellow of the 
American Geophysical Union in 2009. AGU 
membership exceeds 50,000 and annually, 
less than 0.5% of the members can be 
elected as Fellows. 

Susan Kieffer was appointed to the 
National Research Council Board on 
Science Education. The National Research 
Council is the operating arm of the 
Academies of Science and Engineering, 
and the Institute of Medicine. 

The Annual Research Review, now a joint 
event in the School of Earth, Society and 
Environment, took place on Feb. 27, 2009 
at the Ballroom of the Alice Campbell 
Alumni Center. Isotech Laboratories Inc. of 
Champaign, IL is a major sponsor of this 

Jie Li was named a Helen Corley Petit 
Scholar in LAS for "outstanding achieve- 
ment in both teaching and scholarship." 

Susan Kieffer gave the Shoemaker 
Lecture at the 2009 fall AGU meeting on 
"Enceladus: Oasis or Ice Ball?" 

About fifty geologists and geophysicists 
from around the country attended a two-day 
EarthScope Workshop at the lllini Union in 
April, 2010. The workshop, sponsored by 
the National Science Foundation and coor- 
dinated by Stephen Marshak, was 
designed to stimulate discussion of new 
research to take advantage of the broad- 
band seismometers (the USArray) to be set 
up in the Midcontinent region during 2011 
and 2012, as part of the multi-year 
EarthScope program. The instrumentation 
will provide a unique opportunity to image 
the interior of Earth and, hopefully, gain 
insight into the structure of the continental 

In the winter of 2009-10, Jieyuan (Jerry) 
Ning, a professor of geophysics at the 
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 
Peking University, People's Republic of 
China, spent two months in the Department 
to conduct collaborative research. Dr. Ying 
also spent one year as a visiting scholar in 
the Department in the 1990s. This time, 
however, he brought along three graduate 
students from Peking: Jing Liu, Kai Tao, 

and Chunquan Yu, setting a new mode for 
extensive visits between Peking and Illinois. 

During August 26-28, 2009, a high-level del- 
egation from Hanoi University of Science 
(HUS), Vietnam, observed several lectures 
and laboratory sessions in the Department 
and reached a memorandum of under- 
standing for collaboration in instruction and 
curriculum development with the 
Department. The delegation was lead by Dr. 
Bui Duy Cam, Rector (Provost) and was 
comprised of the following members: Dr. 
Nguyen Van Vuong, Dean of the Faculty of 
Geology; Dr. Do Minh Due, Vice-Dean of 
the Faculty of Geology; and Mr. Phan Duy 
Nga, Director of the Department of 
International Relations. Since that time, the 
HUS has sent seven other faculty members 
to visit the Department. 

On August 13, 2009, a delegation of deans 
and faculty members from the Beijing 
University of Aeronautics and 
Astronautics visited the campus and 
received a briefing from the Department. 
During this briefing, members of the 
Department emphasized our connections 
with the private sector and alumni. 

In June of 2009, Wang-Ping Chen conclud- 
ed his three-year term on the Advisory 
Council of COMPRES (Consortium for 
Materials Properties Research in Earth 

Starting the summer of 2009, students of 
the Summer Field Camp now visit Dinosaur 
Ridge, an education and outreach facility 
near Denver, and are hosted by Dr. Norb 
Cygan (BS '54, MS '56, PhD '62). Dr. 
Cygan also hosted a trip to the Dinosaur 
Ridge on June 8, 2009 which was attended 
by special guest Ms. Natalie Handley, who 
retired as an officer of the U of I Foundation 
in July 2009. She took an active role in the 
fundraising efforts of the Department's 
GeoThrust Committee and is now retiring 
from the University after many years of ser- 
vice. Patrick Hayes, an advancement officer 
of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 
and Wang-Ping Chen also joined the trip. 

In November 2009, George Devries Klein, 

Professor Emeritus, published his memoir, 
"Rocknocker: A Geologist's Memoir." 

Alumni News 


Dalias A. Price (AB '37, MS 38) died 
October 3, 2009 at the age of 96. 

Harmon E. Eveland (BS '47, MS '48, 
PhD '50) died May 9, 2009 at the age 
of 85. He founded the geology depart- 
ment at Lamar University in 1951 and 
continued as Chair until his retirement 
in 1983, at which time he was named 
professor emeritus. 

Jack A. Glendening (BS '48) died 
August 26, 2009 at the age of 85. He 
was a petroleum geologist who 
explored in North Africa, Venezuela, 
Australia, and North America. An 
expert in photomosaic geomorpholo- 
gy, his studies contributed to the 
Prudhoe Bay discovery well in the 
North Slope of Alaska. 

Wilson G. Harris, Jr. (BS '48) died 
September 11, 2009 at the age of 87. 
He was a petroleum geologist. 

Ronald L. Norris (BS '48) died on 
June 27, 2009 at the age of 88. He 
worked as a petroleum geologist at 
Chester Oil Company. He was also a 
consulting geologist for the Kentucky 
Geological Survey and Har-Ken Oil. 

His most notable achievement is the 
discovery of the New Hebbardville Oil 
Field in 1978. 

Robert M. Davison (BS '49) died 
October 25, 2009 at the age of 84. 

Gene D. Wilson (MS '54) died January 
9, 2009 at the age of 84. After earning 
his degree, he worked for Standard Oil, 
where he led the effort to use aerial 
photography for oil exploration. In 
1960, he started Gene D. Wilson and 
Associates Photogeologists, an oil 
exploration consulting company. 

Russell B. Lennon (MS '57) died on 
January 9, 2009 at the age of 79. He 
was a production geologist with Shell 
Oil, and developed oil and gas fields 
throughout the United States for 33 

John R. Rogers (MS '59) died January 
28, 2009 at the age of 73. He worked 
for Texaco, Inc. and later for Brown 
Engineering Corp. and Chrysler Corp. 
in Huntsville, Alabama where he 
worked on research projects related to 
the early stages of lunar exploration. 

Charles E. Pflum (BS '60) died on July 
18, 2009 at the age of 76. He went on to 
earn a master's degree in oceanography 
and went to work for Humble Oil 
Company as a micropaleontologist. He 
then took a position with Exxon, where 
he stayed for 30 years. 

Ralph G. Maertz (BS '64) died on 
November 9, 2009 at the age of 77. He 
worked as a petroleum geologist and 
founded his own consulting firm, 
Devonian Development, in 1981. 

Margaret "Peggy" Henderson, widow 
of the late professor emeritus Don 
Henderson, died December 28, 2009 at 
the age of 88, in Urbana, Illinois. 
Department Head, Wang-Ping Chen 
said, "Peggy was involved with many 
departmental activities and we'll miss 
her dearly." 

No further information available: 

William G. Lang (BS '48) 

Wayne E. Moore (BS '46) 

James A. Savage (BS '50) 

John E. Stone (MS '58, PhD '60) 

William L. Vineyard (BS '49, MS '50) 



John Tubb (PhD '63) has been named 
the 2009-2010 president-elect of the 
Houston Geological Society, the largest 
local geological society in the world with 
a membership of nearly 4,400. 


James W. Castle (PhD 78) is a profes- 
sor and program coordinator of the 
Hydrogeology Graduate Program at 
Clemson University. In 2009 he was 
named editor-in-chief of the journal, 
Environmental Geosciences. 

Kathie M. Marsaglia (BS 79, MS '82) 
received the Outstanding Faculty 
Member award from the California State 
University at Northridge where she is a 
professor of Geology. 


Snehal Bhagat (BS '84, MS '88) is a 
senior geologist at Marshall Miller & 
Associates in Mission, Kansas. 

Scott Lockert (BS'90) lives in Seattle and 
works in the development of ecological 

credits that offset environmental liabili- 
ty. He has helped develop Bluefield 
Holdings Company. 

M. Scott Wilkerson (PhD '91) received 
one of three University Professorships at 
DePauw University. According to the 
DePauw announcement, "University 
Professorships are awarded for sustained 
excellence in teaching, professional 
development, and service." 

Laura Becker Stevens (BS '94) is now 
the Regulatory Coordinator for the New 
York State Department of Environmental 

Tim Paulsen (PhD '97) and Christie 
Demosthenous (MS '96) welcomed 
daughter Elanor Rose Paulsen on May 7, 
2010. Both Tim and Christie work in the 
Geology Department at the University of 
Wisconsin, Oshkosh. 

Judd Tudor (MS '00) and his wife 
Hollie Lamb, have a new son, Castor 
Robert Tudor, born on July 8, 2009. 
Judd works with Schlumberger in Texas. 

Steve Marshak received word that 
Chris (BS '03) and Jaime Majerczyk 
have a son, Miles Steven Majerczyk. 
He was born May 27, 2009. 

Joannah Metz (BS'04) is finishing her 
Ph.D. at Cal Tech, where she works on 
planetary geology with John 
Grotzinger. According to her website, "I 
currently work operations for the Mars 
Exploration Rovers (MER) and my 
research involves using data from MER 
to investigate sedimentology on Mars. I 
also use images from the HiRISE cam- 
era on the Mars Reconnaissance 
Orbiter to study the structure and 
stratigraphy of Melas Chasma in Vallis 

Tai-Lin (Ellen) Tseng (PhD '07) joined 
the Department of Geosciences, 
National Taiwan University (NTU) as 
an assistant professor in August of 
2009. For over 60 years, NTU never 
had a geophysics program, but now 
added Dr. Tseng as the fourth seismolo- 
gist/geophysicist on the faculty. 

List of Publications for 2009 


Bopp C.J. (IV), Lundstrom C.C., 

Huang R, Lundstrom C.C., 

Western Iceland: Constraints 

Sequeiros O.E., Naruse H., Endo 

Johnson T.M., and Glessner J.G. 

Glessner J., Ianno A., Boudreay 

from U-Th-Pa-Ra Disequilibria in 

N., Garcia M.H. and Parker G. 

Variations in •""U/ ; "U in Uranium 

A., Li J., Ferre E.C., Marshak S., 

Post-Glacial Lavas. Geochim. 

Experimental Study on Self- 

Ore Deposits: Isotopic Signatures 

and DeFrates J. Chemical and 

Comochim. Acta. 73: 1120-1144. 

accelerating Turbidity Currents. 

of the U Reduction Process? 

Isotopic Fractionation of Wet 

Journal of Geophysical 

Geology. 37: 611-614. 

Andesite in a Temperature 

Lu X. and Kieffer S.W. 

Research, 114, C05025, 26 p. 

Gradients: Experiments and 

Thermodynamics and Mass 

Burmeister K.C., Harrison M.J., 

Models Suggesting a New 

Transport in Multicomponent, 

Sequeiros O.E., Spinewine B., 

Marshak S., Ferre E.C., and 

Mechanism of Magma 

Multiphase H,0 Systems of 

Garcia M.H., Beaubouef R.T., 

Kodama K.P. Comparison of Fry 

Differentiation. Geochimica et 

Planetary Interest. Annua/ 

Sun T, and Parker G. 

Strain Ellipse and AMS Ellipsoid 

Cosmochimica Acta, 73: 729-749. 

Review of Earth & Planetary 

Experiments on Wedge-Shaped 

Trends to Tectonic Fabric Trends 

Sciences, 37: 449-77. 

Deep Sea Sedimentary Deposits 

in Very Low-strain Sandstone of 

Huang F., Lundstrom C.C., 

in Minibasins and/or on 

the Appalachian Fold-thrust Belt. 

Glessner J.G., Ianno A., and 

Lundstrom C.C. Hypothesis for 

Channel Levees Emplaced by 

Journal of Structural Geology, 31: 

Zhang, Z.F. Magnesium Isotopic 

Origin of Convergent Margin 

Turbidity Currents. Part I. 


Composition of Igneous Rock 

Granitoids and Earth's 

Documentation of the Flow. 

Standards Measured by MC-ICP- 

Continental Crust by Thermal 

Journal of Sedimentary 

Cantero M.I., Balachandar S., and 

MS. Chemical Geology 268: 

Migration Zone Refining. 

Research, 79(7-8), 593-607. 

Parker G. Direct Numerical 


Geochim. Comochim. Acta. 73: 

Simulation of Stratification 


Spinewine B., Sequeiros O.E., 

Effects in a Sediment-laden 

Jin Q. and Bethke CM. Cellular 

Garcia M.H., Beaubouef R.T., 

Turbulent Channel Flow. Journal 

Energy Conservation and the 

Nesbitt S.W. and Anders, A.M. 

Sun T, Savoye B., and Parker 

of Turbulence, (10)27: 1-28. 

Rate of Microbial Sulfate 

Very High Resolution 

G. Experiments on Wedge- 

Reduction. Geology, 37: 

Precipitation Climatologies from 

Shaped Deep Sea Sedimentary 

Cantero M.I., Balachandar S., 


the Tropcial Rainfall Measuring 

Deposits in Minibasins and/or 

Cantelli A., Pirmez C, and 

Mission Precipitation Radar. 

on Channel Levees Emplaced 

Parker C. Turbidity Current with 

Kieffer S. W., Barton P., Chesworth 

Geophysical Research Letters, 36, 

by Turbidity Currents. Part II. 

a Roof: Direct Numerical 

W., Palmer A.R., Reitan P., and 


Morphodynamic Evolution of 

Simulation of Self-Stratified 

Zen, E. Mega-scale Processes: 

doi: 10. 1029/2009GL038026. 

the Wedge and of the 

Turbulent Channel Flow Driven 

Natural Disasters and Human 

Associated Bedforms. Journal 

by Suspended Sediment. Journal 

Behavior. In Mary Chapman and 

Panno S.V., Lundstrom C, Hackley 

of Sedimentary Research, 79(7- 

of Geophysical Research, 114. 

Laszlo P. Keszthelyi (eds.) GSA 

K.C., Curry B.B., and Fouke B.W 

8), 608-628. 

C03008, doi: 

Special paper 453: Preservation 

Major Earthquakes Recorded by 

10.1029/2008JC004978, 20 p. 

of Random Mega-scale Events on 

Speleothems in Midwestern US 

ten Brink U.S., Marshak S., and 

Mars and Earth, 77-86 

Caves. Bulletin of Seismology, 

Granja Bruna J.-L. Bivergent 

Chakraborty P., Gioia G., and 

99(4): 2147-2154, doi: 

Thrust Wedges Surrounding 

Kieffer S.W. Volcanic 

Kieffer S.W., Lu X., McFarquhar G., 


Oceanic Island Arcs: Insight 

Mesocyclones, Nature, 

Wohletz K.H. Ice/vapor Ratio of 

from Observations and 

458(7237): 457-500. 

Enceladus' Plume: Implications 

Park, J., Sanford R.A., and Bethke 

Sandbox Models of the 

for Sublimation, 40 lh Lunar and 

CM. Microbial Activity and 

Northeastern Caribbean Plate. 

Chatanantavet P. and Parker G. 

Planetary Science Conference, 

Chemical Weathering in the 

Geological Society of America 

Physically Based Modeling of 

Woodlands, Texas, March 23-27, 

Middendorf Aquifer, South 

Bulletin, 121: 1522-1536. 

Bedrock Incision by Abrasion, 

2009, No. 2261. 

Carolina. Chemical Geology, 258: 

Plucking, and Macroabrasion. 


Tomkin J.H. Numerically 

Journal of Geophysical Research, 

Kieffer S.W.. Lu X., McFarquhar G., 

Simulating Alpine Landscapes: 

114, F04018, doi: 

and Wohletz K.H. A 

Piggot A.M., Fouke B.W, Sivaguru 

The Geomorphologic 

10.1029/2008JF001044, 22 p. 

Redetermination of the 

M., Sanford R., and Gaskins 

Consequences of Incorporating 

Ice/Vapor Ratio of Enceladus' 

H.R. Change in Zooxanthellae 

Glacial Erosion in Surface 

Ding X., Sun W., Huang F., 

Plumes: Implications for 

and Mucocyte Tissue Density as 

Process Models. 

Lundstrom C.C., and Li J. High 

Sublimation and the Lack of a 

an Adaptive Response to 

Geomorphology, 108: 180-188. 

Mobility and Fractionation of Nb 

Liquid Water Reservoir. Icarus, 

Environmental Stress by the 

and Ta under a Large Thermal 

203(1): 238-241. 

Coral Montastraea Annularis. 

Tseng, T.-L., Chen W.-P., and 

Gradient. International Geology 

Marine Biology, 156: 2379-2389. 

Nowack R.L. Northward 

Review, 51:473-501. 

Kim W, Mohrig D., Twilley R., 

Thinning of Tibetan Crust 

Paola C, and Parker G. Land 

Rowland J., Dietrich W.E., Day C, 

Revealed by Virtual Seismic 

Hedman K.M., Curry B.B., Johnson 

Building in the Delta of the 

and Parker G. Formation and 

Profiles, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, 

T.M., Fullagar P., and Emerson 

Mississippi River: Is it Feasible? 

Maintenance of Single-thread Tie 


T.E. Variation in Strontium 

Eos, October 20, 2009. 

Channels Entering Floodplain 

doi: 10. 1029/2009GL040457. 

Isotope Ratios of Archaeological 

Lakes: Observations from Three 

Fauna in the Midwestern United 

Kokfelt T.F., Hoernle K., Lundstrom 

Diverse River Systems. Journal 

Wang H., Lundstrom C.C, Zhang 

States: A Preliminary Study. 

C.C., Hauff F, and Bogaard V.D. 

of Geophysical Research, 114, 

Z., Grimley D.A., and Balsam 

Journal of Archaeological 

Time-scales for Magmatic 

F02013, 19 p. 

W.L. A Mid-Late Quaternary 

Science, 36: 64-73. 

Differentiation at the 

Loess-paleosol Record in 

Snaefellsjbkull Central Volcano, 

Simmons Farm in Southern 
Illinois, USA. Quaternary Sci. 
Rev. 28: 93-106. 


Annual Report for 2009 


Stephen Altaner (Associate Professor} 

Alison Anders (Assistant Professor) 

Jay Bass (Grim Professor) 

Jim Best (Threet Professor) 

Craig Bethke (Grim Professor) 

Chu-Yung Chen (Associate Professor & Director 

of Educational Affairs for Geology, School of 

Earth, Society & Environment) 
Wang-Ping Chen (Professor and Head) 
Bruce Fouke (Associate Professor) 
Thomas Johnson (Associate Professor) 
Susan Kieffer (Walgreen Professor) 
Jie Li (Assistant Professor) 
Craig Lundstrom (Associate Professor) 
Steve Marshak (Professor & Director, School of 

Earth, Society & Environment) 
Gary Parker (Johnson Professor) 
Xiaodong Song (Professor) 

Department Affiliates 

Marcelo Garcia (Seiss Professor, Civil and 

Environmental Engineering) 
Feng Sheng Hu (Professor, Plant Biology) 
Bruce Rhoads (Professor & Head, Geography) 

Academic Staff, Post-Docs, 
Visiting Staff 

Pinaki Chakraborty (Post-Doctoral Research 

Eileen Herrstrom (Teaching Specialist) 
Stephen Hurst (Research 

Ann Long (Teaching Specialist) 
Xinli Lu (Post-Doc Research Associate) 
Daniel Saalfeld (Visiting Research Programmer) 
Rob Sanford (Senior Research Scientist) 
Michael Stewart (Lecturer) 
Jonathan Tomkin (Research Assistant Professor 

& Assoc. Director, School of Earth, Society, 

and Environment) 
Hasan Yavas (Post-Doctoral Research 

Sharon Yeakel (Research Programmer) 
Zhaofeng Zhang (Visiting Scholar) 

Adjunct Faculty 

Robert Finley 
Leon R. Follmer 
Hannes Leetaru 
Thomas Phillips 
William Shilts 
Wolfgang Sturhahn 
M. Scott Wilkerson 

Emeritus Faculty 

Thomas F. Anderson 
Daniel B. Blake 
Albert V. Carozzi 
Donald L. Graf 
Arthur F. Hagner 
Albert T. Hsui 
George D. Klein 
Ralph Langenheim 
C. John Mann 
Alberto Nieto 
Philip Sandberg 

Library Staff 

Lura Joseph (Librarian) 

Sheila McGowan (Library Assistant) 

Diana Walter (Senior Library Specialist) 

Department Support Staff 

Julie Dyar (Office Support Specialist) 
Marilyn Whalen (Office Administrator, 
Assistant to the Head) 

Graduate Students 

Elizabeth Armstrong 
Gideon Bartov 
Anirban Basu 
Charles Bopp 
Mirona Chirienco 
Samantha Dwyer 
Val Finlayson 
Theodore Flynn 
Jared Freiburg 
Lili Gao 
Jessica Hellwig 
Carly Hill 
Ana Houseal 
Meijuan Jiang 
Matt Kyrias 
Xiaoxiao Li 
Chris Majerczyk 
Phillip Miller 
Eric Obrock 
Jessica Palmer 
Mauricio Perillo 
Justine Petras 
Eric W. Prokocki 
Pragnyadipta Sen 
Derik Strattan 
Karen Wong 
Zhen Xu 
Jin Zhang 
Jessica Zinger 


GEOL 100 

Planet Earth 

GEOL 101 

Introductory Physical Geology 

GEOL 103 

Planet Earth QR11 

GEOL 106 

Extinction: Dinosaurs to Dodos 

GEOL 107 

Physical Geology 

GEOL 110 

Exploring Geology in the Field 

GEOL 116 

The Planets 

GEOL 117 

The Oceans 

GEOL 118 

Natural Disasters 

GEOL 143 

History of Life 

GEOL 199 

Undergraduate Open Seminar 

GEOL 201 

History of Geology 

GEOL 380 

GEOL 390 

GEOL 391 

GEOL 411 

GEOL 415 

GEOL 41 7 

GEOL 432 

GEOL 436 

GEOL 440 

GEOL 450 

GEOL 451 

GEOL 460 

GEOL 470 

GEOL 481 

GEOL 492 

GEOL 493 


GEOL 497 



GEOL 511 

GEOL 515 

GEOL 553 

GEOL 560 

GEOL 571 

GEOL 579 

GEOL 591 

GEOL 593 

GEOL 599 

Challenges of Sustainability 

Illinois Quaternary History, 
Landscapes and Glacial Processes 

Advanced Structural Geology 
Advanced Field Geology 
Chemistry of Earth's Interior 
Physical Geochemistry 
Geochemical Reaction Analysis 
Isotope Hydrogeology 
Current Research in Geoscience 
Advanced Studies in Geology 
Thesis Research 


Research Grants Active in 2009 


Wang-Ping Chen— Frequency-dependent 
Characteristics of Regional Seismic Phases: 
Propagation of Pn in Western China 


Bruce Fouke— Microbially Enhanced 
Hydrocarbon Recovery 


Craig Bethke— Geochemical Reaction Analysis 

Gary Parker— Testing of Numerical Models of 
Estuary Morphodynamics 

J.H. Tomkin— The Lifelong Learning In Illinois 
Project (I-LLINI project) 


Jim Best— Combined Multibeam, Echo Sounder 
and Acoustic Doppler Profiler Mapping of 
the Upper St Clair River: Morphology, Grain 
Size, Bedload Transport Paths and Flow 

Alison Anders— Co-Evolution of Orographic 

Precipitation Patterns and Topography in the 

Western Ghats, India 

Jay Bass— Sound Velocities and Elasticity of 
Deep-Earth Materials at High Pressures and 

Jay Bass— Pressure Scales for Simultaneous 
High Pressure-Temperature Research with 
the Diamond Anvil Cell 

Jim Best— Collaborative Research: A Field and 
Numerical Study of the Morphology, Flow, 
Sedimentary Processes, and Stability of 
Sand-Bed Fluvial Bifurcations 

Jim Best and Bruce Rhoads— SGER: Fluvial 
Dynamics of a Large-River Meander Cutoff 

Jim Best, Bruce Fouke, Marcelo Garcia, Gary 
Parker, and Bruce Rhoads— Acquisition of 
a State-of-the-Art Shallow Water Multibeam 
Echo-sounding System at the University of 
Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Jim Best, Ken Christensen, Joanna Austin 
Greg Elliott, and Marcelo Garcia— MRI: 

Development of a Large-Scale Refractive- 
Index Matched Flow Facility 

Wang-Ping Chen— Collaborative Research: 
Lithospheric-Scale Dynamics of Active 
Mountain Building along the Himalayan- 
Tibetan Collision Zone 

Wang-Ping Chen— CSEDI Collaborative 
Research: A Study of Deep Subduction 
Integrating Broadband Seismology and 
Mineral Physics 

Wang-Ping Chen— Collaborative Research: 
Imaging the Continental Lithosphere with 
Earthquake Sources 

Bruce Fouke — Integration of Expedition 
Yellowstone with Biocomplexity Studies at 
Mammoth Hot Springs 

Thomas Johnson— Collaborative Research: 
Chromium Isotopes as Redox Indicators- 
Oxidation and Isotopic Equilibration 

Thomas Johnson and Craig Lundstrom — 

Technical Support for the MC-ICP-MS 
Laboratory at University of Illinois at 

Craig Lundstrom and Steve Marshak— 

Assessing Diffusive Differentiation during 
Igneous Intrusion using Integrated 
Theoretical, Experimental and Field Studies 

Craig Lundstrom— Collaborative Research: 
Probing Mantle Plumbing beneath Pacific 
Ridges through Study of the Lamont and 
Vance Seamount Chains 

Craig Lundstrom — EAGER: Collaborative 
Investigations of Isotopic Fractionation by 
Thermal Diffusion and Thermal Migration 

Gary Parker— STC: National Center for Earth- 
surface Dynamics 

J.H. Tomkin— Glacial Erosion in the 

Patagonian Andes: Testing the Buzzsaw 

J.H. Tomkin— WA1S Grounding-Zone 

Migrations in Eastern Basin, Ross Sea and 
the LGM Dilemma: New Strategies to 
Resolve the Style and Timing of Outer 
Continental Shelf Grounding Events 

Craig Lundstrom— *Mg Evolution in a 

Carbonate Aquifer: Technical Testing 


Craig Bethke— Fate and Transport of 


Gary Parker— Channelized Turbidity Currents 




Bruce Fouke— SciFlix: A Series of 5-Minute 

Distance Learning Podcasts Highlighting 

Scientific Discovery 


Jay Bass— Aqueous Geochemistry at High 
Pressure and Temperature 

Craig Bethke and Robert Sanford— Integrated 

Field, Laboratory, and Modeling Study of 
Microbial Activity in Pristine Aquifers 

Bruce Fouke, Robert Sanford, and Stephen 

Marshak— Understanding the Impact of CO: 
Injection on the Subsurface Microbial 
Community in an Illinois Basin CCS reser- 
voir: Integrated Student Training in 
Geoscience and Geomicrobiology 

Hannes Leetaru and Bruce Fouke— An 

Evaluation of the Carbon Sequestration 
Potential of the Cambro-Ordovician Strata of 
the Illinois and Michigan Basins 

Robert Sanford— Growth of Anaeromyxobacter 
and Other Iron Reducing Bacteria 
(Argonne NL SFA) 


Thomas Johnson — Chromium Isotopes as 
Indicators of Hexavalent Chromium 

Tom Johnson, Craig Lundstrom, and Robert 
Sanford— MURMoT: Design and Application 
of Microbial Uranium Reduction Monitoring 


Craig Lundstrom— Major Earthquakes 

Recorded by the Initiation and/or Regrowth 
of Speleothems in Midwestern U.S. Caves 


Jim Best— Dynamics and Deposits of Braid- 
Bars in the World's Largest Rivers: 
Processes, Morphology & Subsurface 




Jim Best — Fluid Dynamics across the 

Interface in Gravel-Bed Rivers: 

Quantification and Numerical Modeling of 

Flow in the Hyporheic Zone 


Jim Best— Development of a Combined 
Lagrangian / Eulerian Approach to 
Understand Coherent Flow Structures in 
Gravel-bed Rivers 

Jim Best — How Does Aquatic Vegetation 
Modify the Kinematic & Geometric 
Characteristics of Coherent Flow Structures 
in Open Channels? 


Colloquium Speakers for Spring and Fall 2009, Spring 2010 

Spring 2009 

January 23 

Howard Falcon-Lang, Univ. of 
Bristol (currently at 1SGS) 

"Joggins: Ice, Fire and Ancient 

January 30 

Gary Parker, University of 

Illinois, Geology and Civil and 
Environmental Engineering 

"Experiments on Turbidity 
Currents: Flow, Sediment 
Transport and Bedforms" 

February 6 

Surangi Punyasena, University of 

Illinois, Department of Plant 

"Fossil Pollen and the 

Paleoclimatic History of 

Tropical Bolivia" 

February 13 

Hersh Gilbert, Purdue University 
"Lithospheric Foundering in 
Continental Deformation" 

February 20 

An Yin, University of California, 

Los Angeles 
"Formation of the Tibetan 

Plateau: A Process from Large 

Intra-Continental Basins to a 

Wide Orogen" 
R.E. Grim Lecture 

February 26 

Bill Soderman (MS '60, PhD '62) 
"Rocks Around the Clock and A 

Million Frequent Flyer Miles" 
Geology 2008 Alumni 

Achievement Award Recipient 

March 6 

Goran Ekstrom, Columbia 

"Seismological Detection and 
Analysis of Recent Landslides 
in Alaska and the Yukon" 

March 13 

Mike Leeder, University of East 

"Basin-Fill Incision, Rio Grande 
and Gulf of Corinth Rifts: 
Convergent Response to 
Climatic and Tectonic Drivers" 

Threet Lecture in Sedimentary 

April 3 

Fred Phillips, New Mexico Tech 
"The Rio Grande: Too Little 
Water, Too Much Salt" 
Glenn and Susan Buckley 
Lecture in Environmental 

April 8 

David Walker, Columbia 

two talks: 
"A Warp in the Force: Curiously 

Bent D's of Mo and Pd" and 

"How could the Earth's core 

COMPRES Distinguished 


April 8 

Jim Fleming, Colby College 
"Historical Perspectives on 

Climate Change" 
SESE Colloquium 

April 10 

Jonathan Marcot, University of 
Illinois Department of Animal 

"Effects of Cenozoic 

Environmental Change on the 
Evolution and Fossil Record 
of Ungulate Mammals" 

April 17 

David Fike, Washington 

University, St. Louis 
"Sulfur Isotope Variability in 

Microbial Mats: New SIMS- 

Based Insights into Sulfur 


April 24 

Devon Burr, University of 

Tennessee, Knoxville 
"A Dense Population of Young, 

Inverted, Meandering 

Channels on Mars: 

Discoveries and Questions" 

Special Brown Bag Seminars 

March 30 

Stefano Mazzoli, University of 

Naples (Italy) 
"Miocene-Quaternary tectonic 

evolution and exhumation 

processes in the southern 

Apennines (Italy)" 

April 1 

Motohiko Murakami, Institute 
for Study of the Earth's 
Interior, Okayama University 

"The post-perovskite phase in 
the D" layer above the core- 
mantle boundary." 

Fall 2009 

August 28 

Troy Shinbrot, Rutgers 

"Granular Electrostatics" 
Charles R. Walgreen Lecture in 

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 

September 4 

Ginny Catania, University of 

Texas, Austin 
"Understanding Ice Sheet 

Change: Towards Improved 


September 11 

Ken Kemner, Argonne National 

"Investigating Mineral-Metal- 
Microbe Interactions with 
Hard X-Ray Radiation" 

September 18 

Mike Rowe, University of Iowa 
"Mantle Sources and Magma 
Evolution: Insights from Melt 
Inclusion and Mineral 

September 25 

Susan Kieffer, Charles R. 
Walgreen Professor of 
Geology, University of Illinois 

"Enceladus, the Tiny, Frigid 
Satellite of Saturn: Life? No 
Life? No Conclusion?" 

October 2 

Yevgeniy Kontar, Illinois State 

Geological Survey 
"Hazards Related to 

Groundwater-Surface Water 


October 9 

Roberta Rudnick, University of 

"Recycling of the Deep 

Lithosphere beneath the 

North China Craton" 
R. James Kirkpatrick Lecture 

October 16 

Paul Wignall, University of 

"Permian Mass Extinctions" 
Threet Lecture in Sedimentary 


October 23 

Colin Stark, Columbia 

"Erosion is a Vector: What 

Makes Lateral Cutting by 

Landslides and Meandering 

Rivers so Important?" 
W. Hilton Johnson Lecture 

October 30 

Matt Huber, Purdue University 
"A Sensitive Earth: Implications 
of Eocene Climate for Future 
Greenhouse Projections" 

November 6 

Peter McMahon, U.S. Geological 

"Nitrate Concentrations in 

Regional Aquifer Systems of 

the United States: A Case of 

Creeping Normalcy?" 
Glenn and Susan Buckley 

Lecture in Environmental 


November 13 

Roger Kasperson, George 

Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark 

"Closing the Gap between 

Science and Practice" 
A Climate and Society 

Presentation and SESE 


December 4 

Xiaoning (David) Yang, Los 
Alamos National Laboratory 

"Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaties and 
Monitoring Seismology" 

Special Brown Bag Seminar 

November 4 

Robert W. Von Rhee, (M.S., 77) 

Managing Partner, KVR 

Energy, Tulsa, OK 
"Introduction to the Oil & Gas 





The following is a list of friends and alumni of the Department of Geology who 
have donated to the Department during the 2009 calendar year. 

Spring 2010 

January 29 

Steve Laubach, Texas Bureau of 
Economic Geology and UT- 

"Structural Diagenesis" 

January 25 

Cin-Ty Lee, Rice University 
"Regulating Continent Growth 
and Composition by 
Chemical Weathering" 
Ralph E. Grim Lecture 

February 5 

Brandon Curry, Illinois State 

Geological Survey 
"Temporal Constraints on High 

Sediment Flux of the Lake 

Michigan Lobe, NE 

Illinois, during the Last 


February 19 

Dan Whaley, CEO, Climos and 
Lewis Rothstein, University 
of Rhode Island 

"Geoengineering Approaches to 
Countering Climate Change" 

February 26 

Mike Blum, Exxon Mobil 
Upstream Research Company 

"Global Sea-Level Rise, 
Subsidence, and Sediment 
Mass Imbalance: The 
Inevitable Drowning of the 
Mississippi Delta" 

Threet Lecture in Sedimentary 

March 12 

Scott Olson, University of 

Illinois, Department of Civil 

and Environmental 

"Snapshots from Haiti: An 

Engineering Perspective" 

April 2 

Bill Seyfried, University of 

"Magmatic and Tectonic Effects 

on the Chemical Evolution of 

Hydrothermal Vent Fluids at 

Mid-Ocean Ridges" 
Ridge 2000 Distinguished 


April 9 

Bill Shilts, Director, Institute of 

Natural Resource 

Sustainability, University of 

"Geochemistry in Glacial 


April 16 

Ed Garnero, Arizona State 

"Tracking Mantle Chemistry 

and Dynamics with High 

Resolution Seismology" 
Richard L. Hay Lecture in 


April 23 

Nathan Yee, Rutgers 
"Genetics and Geochemistry of 

Selenium-Respiring Bacteria" 
Glen abd Susan Buckley Lecture 

in Environmental Geology 

April 30 

Pat Bickford, Syracuse 

"U-Pb-Hf-0 Isotopic Studies of 
Adirondack Anorthosites: 
Implications for the Tectonic 
Setting and Petrogenesis of 
Massif Anorthosites" 

Geology 2009 Alumni 
Achievement Award Recipient 
and R.E. Grim Lecturer 

Prof. Thomas F. Anderson 
Dr. Robert F. Babb II and Ms. 

Laurie E. Hartline 
Mr. Rodney J. Balazs 
Ms. Debbie E. Baldwin 
Mr. Douglas Stephen Bates 
Dr. and Mrs. David K. Beach 
Dr. William M. Benzel 
Dr. Marion E. Bickford 
LTC (Ret.) Ronald E. Black 
Mrs. Heidi Blischke 
Dr. Michael G. Bradley 
Dr. Virginia A. Colten-Bradley 
Ms. Annette Brewster 
Mr. and Mrs. Ross D. Brower 
Dr. Henry S. Brown 
Dr. Glenn R. Buckley 
Mr. and Mrs. Steven P. 

Dr. Thomas C. Buschbach 
Dr. James W. Castle 
Dr. Charles J. Chantell 
Mr. Lester W. Clutter 
Dr. Barbara J. Collins 
Dr. Lorence G. Collins 
Mr. Randolph M. Collins 
Mr. and Mrs. James N. 

Dr. Norbert E. Cygan 
Ms. Janet A. Decho 
Dr. Ilham Demir 
Ms. Stephanie Drain 
Ms. Sophie M. Dreifuss 
Dr. and Mrs. Mohamed T. El- 

Dr. Frank R. Ettensohn 
Dr. Peter Fenner 
Mr. Gary M. Fleeger 
Dr. and Mrs. Leon R. Follmer 
Mr. Gary R. Foote 
Dr. Richard M. Forester 
Mr. Jack D. Foster 
Mr. Robert E. Fox 
Mr. Edwin H. Franklin 
Dr. Linda P. Fulton 
Mr, Barry R. Gager 
Dr. James C. Gamble 
Mr. John R. Garino 
Ms. Theresa C. Gierlowski 
Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. 

Mr. Robert N. Ginsburg 
Dr. and Mrs. Stuart 

Dr. and Mrs. Albert L. Guber 

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Harms 
Dr. and Mrs. Henry J. Harris 
Dr. Joseph R. Hatch 
Dr. Mark A. Helper and Dr. 

Sharon Mosher 
Mr. and Mrs. Mark F. Hoffman 
Dr. Roscoe G. Jackson II 
Dr. William D. Johns Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Johnson 
Mr. John M. Johnston 
Dr. Suzanne Mahlburg Kay 
Dr. John P. Kempton 
Dr. and Mrs. John D. Kiefer 
Mr. Robert F. Kraye 
Dr. Robert H. Lander and Dr. 

Linda M. Bonnell 
Mr. Rik E. Lantz 
Dr. Stephen E. Laubach 
Mr. Stephen C. Lee 
Dr. Hannes E. Leetaru 
Dr. Morris W. Leighton 
Ms. Crystal Lovett-Tibbs 
Mr. Walter R. Lundwall 
Dr. Andrew Madden and Dr. 

Megan Elwood Madden 
Mr. John W. Marks 
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Marshak 
Mr. Alan R. May 
Mr. James A. Miller 
Ms. Linda A. Minor 
Dr. John E. Moore 
Ms. Melanie J. Mudarth 
Dr. Haydn H. Murray 
Mr. Bruce W. Nelson 
Mrs. Toni Nicholson 
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Donald 

Ms. Nina Michele O'Connell 
Mrs. Corinne Pearson and Mr. 

Thomas E. Krisa 
Mr. Bruce E. Phillips 
Mrs. Beverly A. Pierce 
Dr. and Mrs. Robert I. Pinney 
Dr. Paul L. Plusquellec 
Mr. Paul J. Regorz 
Mr. Ronald L. Richman 
Mr. Donald 0. Rimsnider 
Mr. David P. Ripley 
Mr. William F. Ripley 
Dr. Nancy M. Rodriguez 
Dr. Richard P. Sanders 
Mrs. Patricia A. Santogrossi 
Mr. Michael L. Sargent 
Ms. Nancy A. Savula 
Mr. Jay R. Scheevel 
Dr. David C. Schuster 

Dr. and Mrs. Franklin W. 

Dr. and Mrs. John W. 

Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. 

Dr. J. William Soderman 
Mr. Carl K. Steffensen 
Dr. Gary D. Strieker 
Dr. Michael L. Sweet 
Dr. Daniel A. Textoris 
Dr. Edwin W. Tooker 
Dr. John B. Tubb Jr. 
Mr. Robert C. Vaiden and 

Ms. Judy A. Moller 
Mr. Robert W. Von Rhee 
Dr. F. Michael Wahl 
Dr. James G. Ward 
Mr. and Mrs. Carleton W. 

Mr. Eldon L. Whiteside 
Mr. Harold T. Wilber 
Mr. Jack L. Wilber 
Mr. Lawrence Wu 
Dr. Valentine E. Zadnik 


Arcadis US Inc. 

The Boeing Gift Matching 

BP Foundation 
Campus Auxiliary Services, 


The Collins Family Trust 
ConocoPhillips Corporation 
Dominion Foundation 
Estwing Manufacturing 

Company, Inc. 
ExxonMobil Biomedical 

Sciences, Inc. 
ExxonMobil Foundation 
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund 
H. H. Murray & Associates, 

Isotech Laboratories, Inc. 
Mor-Staffing, Inc. 
S. Drain Engineering of 

Illinois, LLC 
Shell Oil Company 
Shell Oil Company 

The Weston Company 



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